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112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, corruption, dishonesty, ethics, government, republicans, politics )

Carrie
- 471 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
As 2012 comes to a close, the 112th Congress is set to go down in American history as the most unproductive session since the 1940s.



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Sue Matheson (62)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:16 pm
thanks
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:36 pm
So which is worse, Unproductive or Counterproductive? I'd rather they did Nothing than have them do the Worst things (like re-affirming the Patriot Act)!..:(
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:15 pm
and we pay them their wages................................ JEEZ......................
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:36 pm
oops, sorry Carrie, but I actually DID do a search with this Huffpo headline before submitting my story just 10 mins ago... that's C2..
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 31, 2012, 7:13 pm
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 31, 2012, 7:14 pm
happy new year
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday December 31, 2012, 8:14 pm

The problem is within the system itself. Currently the redistricting or gerrymandering of voting districts was drawn by republicans, if democrats had been the majority than they would have done the same. Only incumbents benefit from this, not the people. Though it must be said that these incumbents have managed to acquire one of the worst records in US history. Any normal person doing such a lousy job would have been fired long ago.
 

Betsy Bee (1362)
Monday December 31, 2012, 9:29 pm
It is a matter of what they want to produce. I do mean to be a cynic. If they were voting on a pay raise for themselves....you know what I mean. Thanks, Carrie, happy the happiest possible new year, my friend.
 

Alexandra Rodda (175)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 5:10 am
Part of the deal is that they are not getting a salary increase as they so richly don't deserve it.
 

Chris C. (131)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 9:46 am
I'm with Kit! Too bad we can't fire them!
I'm VERY glad to see that they were forced to stay and work on the holiday - too bad the Dems had to also do this. Kind of like in school...when someone did something bad, everyone took the punishment!
 

Carrie B. (279)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:13 am
No problem Angelika. It happens all the time.
 

Terrie Williams (753)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:51 am
I agree, Kit. I'd rather they do nothing than to do something to further destroy the American people and this country. But, I feel, that in doing what they have been doing....a piss poor job and so-called 'working'.... only HALF a year at best.....not only should they be fired, they should be forced to give back their salaries for the last 4 years!!!
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 11:12 am
Truman ran, successfully, against a "Do Nothing" congress, and I like to think that this one, though worse than that, is part of why Obama, and the new congressional Dems. won.
The GOP, as I've commented previouisly, just can not govern, being so engrossed in their agendas, religious and anti-women; which combine in their heads in such a toxic manner!
 

John D. (45)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:30 pm
I cannot believe that anyone would vote these idiots back into office... What have we become? We tolorate "do nothing" leaders, we support two wars while at the same time we close schools for lack of funds, we demonize the poor yet in the same breathe we sing ourselves prasies...
 

Winn Adams (178)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:39 pm
That's what you can expect from Republicans
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:46 pm
Went poking around a bit while I was in Huffington Post, as I daresay many others did, but brought back a couple of things I thought added to this in case others had not yet seen them.

The Republicans literally can't see past what THEY want, as they apparently appear to think of it being their God-like right to get, instantly and easily, and not getting whatever they and their corporate/multi-billionaire masters want at everyone else's expense is a personal 'insult'.

And of course, the 'stand-off' problems had nothing to do with their insane and destructive ideology and demands against the interests of the country and people they're sworn to serve to benefit the corporations their country's Founders fought so hard to try to prevent gaining power over government, policy and the people...

Just because the country voted President Obama and his ideals in doesn't mean the people wanted what he'd planned and promised.

And looking at the comment of Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), copied below, it appears possible that this was only voted for by Republicans because they felt Obama wanted to 'fall off the cliff' and so just had to do whatever they thought he wouldn't want, as has been their contrary 3-year-old-spoilt-brat-type reaction since his inauguration...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/fiscal-cliff-congress_n_2390473.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Fiscal Cliff Passes For 'Disgusted,' 'Disappointed' Congress

Posted: 12/31/2012


... Many Republicans also reacted angrily to President Obama's speech earlier in the day, which they heard as blaming them for the standoff.

"This drama, I believe, unfortunately is a cynical attempt on the part of the president to ensure that he has a complete Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and Senate in his final term," said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said that he wouldn't vote for a deal that maintained the Bush tax cuts only for income under $450,000 per year, but he suggested such a deal would likely pass the House if Obama stopped insulting Republicans.

"It's really amazing to me that the president would do a press conference where he poked Republicans in the eye and just made it seem like he's taking a victory lap instead of actually leading America," Labrador told HuffPost, adding that Obama seemed to know it would anger House Republicans.

"I think that was his intention," Labrador said. "He saw that we were close to a deal, and he decided, because he wants to fall off the cliff, that he would do something that would outrage Republicans."

House Republican leaders did not exactly leap at what the Senate was doing late Monday.

"The House will honor its commitment to consider the Senate agreement if it is passed," the House GOP leaders said in a joint statement. "Decisions about whether the House will seek to accept or promptly amend the measure will not be made until House members -- and the American people -- have been able to review the legislation." ...



Gee, if only the Supreme Court hadn't misinterpreted law and the US Founder's intentions to rule against democracy, Americans, humanity, sanity and civil society in favour of handing such bizarre rulings as those in favour of 'personhood' and the virtually unlimited 'fiscal right to buy elections and politicians' over to corporations and their public sector services starvation/abolishment agenda in part to to suck up even more taxpayer's money themselves, there'd likely be no question of their - and all such essential public services - getting full funding...


 

Dorothy N. (63)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:50 pm
(continued)

Not sure how I missed getting this on the end...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/john-roberts-fiscal-cliff_n_2390329.html?ref=topbar

John Roberts: Fiscal Cliff Deal Should Maintain Full Financial Support For Supreme Court

By PETE YOST 12/31/12
 

Kevin Lewis (1)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 12:59 pm
I blame Boehner for all the non-action in the house as well as the Republicans I don't make a distinction from the tea party Republicans and other Republicans. Boehner is so worried about not being voted the House Speaker that if he doesn't have the votes to pass it he won't bring the subject up for a vote. Instead of voting what's best for this country. I personally won't vote for another Republican EVER!
 

David Menard (43)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 1:44 pm
To become most unproductive ? They are already completely worthless
 

Carrie B. (279)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 1:51 pm
Worthless is a good description, David.
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 1:54 pm
why am i NOT surprised lmao thanks Carrie if only we could fire them even the most silly jobs have a standard or a type of yearly review but NOT congress they can screw up all year yet STILL get raises it boggles ones mind thanks Carrie sadly noted
 

Candy H. (6)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:40 pm
Useless
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
noted
 

Audrey B. (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 4:21 pm
Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members.
Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State). Then, reduce their remaining staff by 25%.
Note:
Congress does not hesitate to head home for extended weekends, holidays and recesses, when what the nation needs is a real fix for economic problems. Also, we had 3 senators who were not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all accepted full pay. Minnesota survived very well with only one senator for the first half of this year. These facts alone support a reduction in senators and congress.

Summary ofopportunity:

$44,108,400 reduction of congress members.

$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.

$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.

$70,850,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.

$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.

$8,084,558,400 per year, estimated total savings. (That's 8-BILLION just to start!)

Corporate America does these types of cuts all the time.
There's even a name for it.
"Downsizing."

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past , present and future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 5. Congress will no longer get automatic pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress will no longer get automatic pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/13.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Enough is Enough America. Time for Change.










 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 5:14 pm
For 33 years we got our country decimated and Obama care. That's like 99 bad and 1 good. How is it they already aren't most unproductive? What could have been worse than Reagan/Bushnomics?
 

Ray M. (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 7:12 pm
Blame the stupid republiCONS and their brainwashed voters.
 

jo M. (3)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:17 pm
I know, lets give em all a raise!
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:22 am
The Party of "NO" is all to blame.House Speaker John boehner & Eric cantor are the cause of why nothing has
been getting done.President Obama is goona have to try bypassing the Republican House with Executive Orders.(O_O)
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 3:36 pm
Sometimes I think we'd all be better off if we burned them out & appointed Real People!;)
 

Yvonne White (232)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 3:38 pm
We never hear about the Mafia in the MidWest, maybe they'd be better at governing..at least we'd KNOW "things would get done" & we'd KNOW we were voting for criminals (at least we'd know how good they were at it by their rap sheets!;)
 

Carrie B. (279)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:06 pm
Yvonne, many are already voting for criminals - most just don't have obvious criminal records.
 
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